Cameron Hill has described Round 6 of the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend Motorsport Park as one that got away, after an off-track excursion while leading the second race of the weekend.
Starting second on the grid, Hill made a blinding start and launched into the lead, only to lock his brakes and spear off the circuit at the start of the second lap.
The resulting damage to the front splitter and badly flat-spotted front tyre necessitated an unscheduled pit stop, Hill ultimately finishing 16th. He progressed to 10th in Race 3.
“I accept full responsibility for my mistake in Race 2; it was a shame, because the team had given me such a strong car all weekend, and I would have loved to have rewarded them with a win,” Hill said.
“It was a case of me braking slightly too late on cold tyres; it’s an important lesson, but I’m not dwelling on it – at least I was leading in the first place.
“In Race 3, the track was declared wet so all the drivers were able to use ABS; as I’ve discovered this year, it’s very difficult to pass once you’re buried in the pack, and I felt I did the best I could.”
While he may have missed out on a podium finish, Hill said the overall feeling in the team is one of confidence.
“I feel like we’re at the stage now where the car is consistently good enough to be in the top two or three; as a driver, it’s up to me to make the most of my equipment and deliver the results.
“For the next round, we head to Bathurst – it’s a track where I scored my first overall podium last year. We have a good break to prepare thoroughly for that event, and I’m very much looking forward to it,” Hill concluded.
Round Results Summary
Race 1: 2nd
Race 2: 16th
Race 3: 10th
Top 10 Championship Points
1. Dale Wood – 841
2. Jordan Love – 751
3. David Wall – 687
4. Warren Luff – 658
5. Nick McBride – 654
6. Cameron Hill – 620
7. Michael Almond – 601
8. Cooper Murray – 569
9. Thomas Maxwell – 354
10. Duvashen Padayachee – 350